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Seth Zenz | Imperial College London | UK

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Inauguration

Seth at the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama III was there.  My personal politics are hardly a secret for those who are interested, but I am not inclined to say too much here about why I was there or what I think about it.  However, there were things to be celebrated at yesterday’s inauguration that even Rick Warren and Diane Feinstein could agree on, things which have already been said by so many who are more eloquent than I am that I hesitate to say a word.   But I will leave you with the words of another, and my own small addendum:

This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.

– Senator John McCain, November 4 2008

That special pride belongs to all of us, Senator McCain.

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5 Responses to “Inauguration”

  1. Harbles says:

    Will you have a more detailed journal of your Inauguration experience up somewhere? Like how early did you get there, how long did it take to get in? To get out after? Any interesting interactions with complete strangers? etc…

  2. Didi Mousse says:

    Funny, how in this darkest of times for our country, I am suddenly the most proud to be it’s citizen that I have ever been in my entire life…

  3. Doc Kinne says:

    Glad you were there. Sorry I missed you while you were on this side of the Atlantic…and this side of the continent.

    I’ll need to talk to Nathaniel about your experience on Amtrack. Now that the Inauguration is over I’m hoping that schedules for my friend who lives in DC can get back to a bit of normal…as can mine now that I’m done with Annual Meetings and recovering from some electronic vandalism. I’m planning on taking the train to DC to visit him in the early spring. I realized with some shock last week that I’d not been in DC for the entire Bush administration. Now I have a couple of reasons to go back, perhaps.

  4. Seth Zenz says:

    Hi Harbles. There’s no reason I can’t say more, I was just in a hurry and still traveling when I wrote the original post.

    I originally planned to take Amtrak to Union Station in DC, then wait overnight on the Mall — but that got changed to staying in Baltimore and taking commuter rail to the city first thing in the morning. Finding the Mall from Union Station was rather difficult, because it was impossible to pass through the Parade Route. We kept running (sometimes head on) into lines for things we weren’t interested in, and a friendly policeman tried to direct us into the Purple Tunnel of Doom even though we didn’t have tickets. Luckily, we ignored the advice, walked all the way down around the White House, and got to the Mall by way of the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument. So it took us two hours to cover a twenty-minute walk, but there was still room to stand and sort of see the Capitol, which was all I had hoped for anyway.

    Getting out was tricky for a while — the crowds were cramped to the point of barely moving near Metro stations — but I was meeting some more friends and wasn’t in too much of a hurry. I left downtown DC at 4 PM for a 9:45 flight out of Dulles, which proved much too early, but it was impossible to guess how much delay there would be.

    I don’t have any terribly interesting interactions with strangers to support. There were some entertaining songs and cheers, but maybe I’ll keep quiet about those. ;)

  5. Mike Mason says:

    I’m afraid that McCain’s references to African Americans were simply part of a speech that seemed noble only on the surface. Another interpretation is that at those parts he was saying that Obama won because he was black.

    (Think about it, if he was GOING to put such subtle jabs in there, how else could he have done it?)

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